Bethel Abundant Life Center Moves to New Space

Posted on January 31, 2014KCichon

Grand Rapids, MI – (February 17, 2014) Bethel Abundant Life Center, a church founded in Grand Rapids over 50 years ago, is re-locating to a new space in Grandville, MI.

General contractor Wolverine Building Group is overseeing the renovations, which consist of the conversion of a former grocery store into a 19,000 square foot space for Bethel.  The new facility will house worship spaces, offices, and classrooms for youth groups and Sunday school, as well as other specialized spaces.  Craig Architects is leading design efforts on the project.

At the time of its founding in 1961, Bethel Church was located on Eastern Avenue in Grand Rapids.  Through the years, the congregation has been housed in various Grand Rapids-area locations, including the historic 834 Lake Drive building which Wolverine Building Group is currently renovating for its new owner.

A primary goal of the expansion is to support programming and spaces for children and youth groups via a new Children’s Center.  “We decided as a congregation to impact the community of Grandville and Grand Rapids by first investing in our children,” says lead pastor Jathan K. Austin. “We currently provide several programs and we are very proud of one in particular.  Our ‘Believe to Become’ program, sponsored by RDV Corporation, promotes educational and parental excellence.  We are in the people business. If we fail the people, we have failed as a church.”

The expansion will also celebrate one of the church’s founders.  Bethel’s original pastor, the late Bishop William C. Abney, had a lifelong goal of supporting those parishioners who had a passion for the arts.  Bethel’s new facility will include a top-notch performance auditorium named in Bishop Abney’s honor.

A capital campaign to raise funds for the project is currently underway.  Their current goal of $200,000 is the largest campaign goal in the history of their church.  More information about Bethel’s mission and their capital campaign can be found online at


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